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Roslyn Coal Mine

Two-hundred miles to the Roslyn mine. Two blocks beyond, ten graves there you'll find. All dated the same the registry claims, though the wind, the ice and acidified rain have disfigured and stolen the names of those souls. My tears they might wash and reveal some of those but are wasted. They run down my nose. The #4 Mine blew out in ‘09 Now ten graves lay neatly in line. Each man skipped the Army to work underground Found eternal peace and never were found. Twenty got out, when the fan house she blew From an explosion of black damp allowed to accrue. Ten lives disappeared in the dust and the fumes And in the dark they were buried like in Brigadoon I left by the toll road, crested the pass, crystal streams from Lakedale my compass. To a sacred valley of aspen and ash. Ten decades to heal now, tears looking back. https://www.historylink.org/File/9182 https://images.findagrave.com/photos/2020/49 /19026379_61b0f05c-4e3f-4938-82d3-5f06c999da64.jpeg

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Date: 4/3/2021 4:46:00 AM
such a touching piece and so well researched Ken, we should never forget these tragic moments in history. hugs jan xx
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Ken Rone
Date: 4/3/2021 8:28:00 AM
Thank you Jan. Unremembered history is tragic in so many ways.
Date: 4/2/2021 11:13:00 AM
A touching and reaching poem. Surely, well told Ken :)
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Ken Rone
Date: 4/2/2021 11:27:00 AM
Thank you Heidi. Please enjoy a lovely Easter
Date: 4/2/2021 8:44:00 AM
A Lovely piece so well told Ken, looks like a great piece of history needing to be held up for all to see. So well-penned indeed. Take care, Gordon
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Ken Rone
Date: 4/2/2021 8:52:00 AM
As they say, "inspired by actual events". The details not real but derived thru poetic license. I hope that's OK. https://www.historylink.org/File/9182 Thanks for the read.